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Perceptions of public security in post-reform urban China: a routine activity analysis

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posted on 2024-06-17, 11:59 authored by I Nielsen, R Smyth
This paper investigates the personal and environmental determinants of public security perceptions across 32 Chinese cities within the risk/opportunity framework of Cohen and Felson's (American Sociological Review 44:588-608, 1979) routine activity theory. Structural path analysis reveals that public security perceptions in China are informed by similar personal and environment characteristics to those reported as important in extant research within Western contexts. However, the frequently reported influence of gender on public security perceptions in the West does not appear to extend to post-reform urban China. The results provide support for the routine activity theory in terms of extending our understanding of the factors that influence perceptions of public security to a non-Western context. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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Journal

Asian journal of criminology

Volume

4

Pagination

145-163

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

1871-0131

eISSN

1871-014X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Springer

Issue

2

Publisher

Springer

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